There are a number of skincare products on the market that contain anti-aging ingredients. Each of these ingredients claims to make the skin look younger, reduce the appearance of wrinkles and improve skin tone, but which one is, in truth, the best? We’re going to review the two top anti-aging ingredients, and help decide which is best.
Retinol has long been used for its anti-wrinkle properties. It is an antioxidant and a form of vitamin A. While its effects have been proven, it can be very harsh to the skin. Those with sensitive skin report redness and irritation with use.
Retinol functions an antioxidant because it can interrupt the free-radical damage process that causes wrinkling and other signs of aging. It has also been shown to increase collagen production and help fade discolorations from sun damage.
Retinol has also been shown to help mitigate acne, because it functions similarly to prescription retinoids like Retin-A.
While retinol cannot change the size of the pores as caused by genetics, it can help reduce the size of pores that have been enlarged due to clogs because retinol can improve pore function.
Sometimes called the “needle-free alternative to Botox,” argireline is the shortened version of the botulinum toxin found in Botox. It is a peptide works just like many of the wrinkle treatments on the market today.
It works like Botox does, by relaxing facial muscles and decreasing the appearance of wrinkles. However, the main difference between argireline and Botox is that while Botox is injected by a doctor, Argireline cream or serum is applied directly to the skin.
Many people want a more youthful appearance without the needle, and argireline is a great choice.
Argireline is made up of peptides, which are chains of amino acids that affect how cells work in the body. When argireline cream is applied to the skin, it is absorbed into the body. The cream’s chemical composition then causes the facial muscles to contract with less force, diminishing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
The creams are very effective; in fact, users of argireline serums may experience as much as a 30 percent reduction in fine lines and wrinkles.
As the skin ages, it becomes thinner and more susceptible to wrinkles and thinner skin absorbs creams (like argireline) better. This means that the active compounds in argireline are be more easily absorbed.
Those who are looking to treat fine lines, undereye wrinkles, forehead creases and even laugh lines should look to argerline over retinol as it is effective and gentler on the skin.